Entrepreneur to Serve as UMW’s Executive-in-Residence, Feb. 26-27

Matt Ernst ’94, chairman of Walnut Grove Holdings, LLC, will serve as the University of Mary Washington’s Executive-in-Residence for 2013-2014. He will visit his alma mater on Wednesday, Feb. 26 and Thursday, Feb. 27.

Matt Ernst '94

Matt Ernst ’94

During his two-day trip, Ernst will speak to regional business leaders about the risks and lessons of entrepreneurship and will meet with students and alumni in the College of Business. He also will lead discussions on Thursday, Feb. 27 for faculty, staff and students. For a full schedule of events, visit http://business.umw.edu/eir/schedule/.

Ernst founded Amentra, a provider of systems integration services, in early 2000 and served as the company’s chief executive officer until shortly after its sale in 2008 to Red Hat, one of the world’s leading provider of open source solutions. Under Ernst’s guidance and leadership Amentra became one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the country. Ernst was named the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007. He currently serves as chairman of Walnut Grove Holdings, LLC, an investment company focusing on early stage technology companies. He received a bachelor’s degree from Mary Washington in 1994.

Established in 1989, the Executive-in-Residence program is coordinated through the UMW College of Business and the Division of Advancement and University Relations.  Since its inception, the program has brought more than 40 well-known and established business leaders to the university.

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.